Christian Couple Faces $135,000 Fine

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It should awaken all believers to what has happened to this nation that was founded on Christian principles, that in the year 2015, a Christian baker and his wife have been ordered to pay $135,000 for supposedly causing “emotional, mental, and physical suffering.”

Sometimes it takes persecution to make us stronger, to make us stand together, and perhaps this is why God is allowing this new type of attack on Christianity in our modern times. I pray that Christians will awake, as a sleeping bear, and not only financially support Christians like this, but also go to the voting booth to vote for conservative candidates telling them we want no more of this. We need a revitalized new religious freedom amendment, since our original first amendment has been so bastardized by the court over the last few decades.  It needs to be so word specific, that they can find no loop hole, and no way around it.

Aaron and Melissa Klein ran a small bakery called “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” for seven years in Gresham, Oregon, but had to shut down their store in 2013 after Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman filed a civil rights complaint against them. Administrative judge Alan McCullough ruled Friday that the funds will go to Cryer and Bowman for “emotional, mental, and physical suffering.”

Samaritan’s Purse is raising funds to assist the Klein’s and others like them who face financial distress and are punished for their sincerely held religious beliefs, convictions and conscience.

“They have taken a stand for the Word of God, and they should not have to stand alone,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said. “I believe that Christians across our nation will rally around Aaron and Melissa and their five children.

“Please pray for Aaron and Melissa, and pray for our nation. When our judges are punishing Christians for practicing what they believe, that’s persecution, plain and simple.”

-Samaritan’s purse, http://www.samaritanspurse.org

I am thankful that men like Franklin Graham have had the courage to speak out on these issues, and his organization is going to help this couple.  They are taking donations through their persecuted Christians fund here.  I encourage all brothers and sisters in Christ to donate.

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2 thoughts on “Christian Couple Faces $135,000 Fine

  1. Don’t you think you should focus on real persecution? When Christians are murdered, jailed, and tortured for their faith in other countries? To me this is not persecution. It’s ridiculous. This couple chose to open their business to the public. Refusing service to someone because it goes against their beliefs is discrimination. Do they also refuse service to obese people, since gluttony is also a sin? It would be different if they were being forced to marry a gay couple. I do not believe church clergy should be forced to marry gay couples if it goes against their version of Christianity. This is a completely different situation. This is a business that is open to the public. Religion should not be brought into the workplace at all. Is selling a cake to a gay couple really going to cause a huge crisis of faith? If it does, I believe the business owners are the ones with a problem.

  2. Rarereality,

    The issue you are missing is, a wedding cake is part of the ceremony. It is extremely common in most cases that the bakers have to go and setup the cake at the wedding. They also have to write the couple’s names and this case they would have to put two men or to women on a cake.

    This is totally different than the gay couple just coming in to buy some donuts, or a regular cake and they walk out with it. In fact if i remember the story correctly(and I may be mixing it with another) the gay couple in question had been regular customs before the event. The bakers simply wanted nothing to do with a gay wedding, and that is there first amendment right to do so.

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